Blog No 175 – Book Review – Surf, Sweat and Tears by Andy Martin

Who doesn’t like a fiction book, I’ve accepted an offer to write a book review for Andy Martin’s latest book, Surf, Sweat and Tears. I was intrigued to learn about the life of Edward George William Omar Deerhurst and his passion for surfing.

The book is available at @orbooks https://www.orbooks.com/catalog/surf-sweat-and-tears/Congratulations to Andy for a thought-provoking book.

Book Description

This is the true story of Ted, Viscount Deerhurst, the son of the Earl of Coventry and an American ballerina who dedicated his life to becoming a professional surfer. Surfing was a means of escape, from England, from the fraught charges of nobility, from family, and, often, from his own demons. Ted was good on the board, but never made it to the very highest ranks of a sport that, like most, treats second-best as nowhere at all. He kept on surfing, ending up where all surfers go to live or die, the paradise of Hawaii. There, in search of the “perfect woman,” he fell in love with a dancer called Lola, who worked in a Honolulu nightclub. The problem with paradise, as he was soon to discover, is that gangsters always get there first. Lola already had a serious boyfriend, a man who went by the name of Pit Bull. Ted was given fair warning to stay away. But he had a besetting sin, for which he paid the heaviest price: He never knew when to give up.

Surf, Sweat and Tears takes us into the world of global surfing, revealing a dark side beneath the dazzling sun and cream-crested waves. Here is surf noir at its most compelling, a dystopian tale of one man’s obsessions, wiped out in a grisly true crime.

About The Author Andy Martin

Book Review

This book had touched so many emotions with me and has left me questioning whether Ted is alive or dead. You must read the book to establish your own conclusion, however, expect to be intrigued

I felt Ted was emotionally wounded originated from his childhood. He showed signs of vulnerability, low self-esteem, and rejection, throughout his life. One consistent thing in his life was surfing and his passion took him around the world. Even with surfing, Ted, stride to be better and was accepted in the surfing world as an athlete. His knowledge of the sport was incredible and still to this day it suggests that Ted is still remembered in the surfing community. Ted’s emotions have impacted his life in one way or another, leading him down a road that conveys happiness to him but unfortunately may have ended his life.

If you have a passion for surfing or like a true story, I suggest you read this book. I have a better understanding of surfing terminology and for the sport itself. I am glad that Andy wrote this book about Ted, as the world needs to read Viscount Deerhurst life story to enable history to be told. Ted if you are out there, keep riding the waves.

This book was compulsive reading, and I would thoroughly recommend this book.

Andy’s Martin Other Books

  1.  With Child: Lee Child and the Readers of Jack Reacher
  2. The Boxer and The Goalkeeper:
  3. Stealing the Wave: Sartre vs Camus
  4. Walking on Water

Andy’s Martin Social Media and Random Things Tour

Blog No 174 – Book Review – Through the Water, Darkly by Victoria L Short

As I have a passion for books, I’ve accepted a further offer to write a book review for Victoria L Short latest book Through the Water, Darkly. Victoria is a new author to me, regardless I was eager to commence this historical romance novel.

The book is available in most bookstores and online retailers now. Congratulations to Victoria for a truly incredible book.

Book Description

What if their future lay in her past?

Caroline Curtis is an avid horticulturalist, who is injured during the restoration of a local country estate. She wakes in a familiar body, but a different time, and with mixed memories of her twenty-first century life and those of a seventeenth century lady, which causes difficult conflicts not only in herself but the people around her. The first English civil war is over, and the king deposed. The Prince of Wales is fleeing the country, and, as Caroline fights to change the future of the man with whom she has fallen in love, she begins to realise that time is not a straight line.

About The Author – Victoria L Short

Photo Credit Victoria L Short

I’m a mother to two teenagers and since moving from London the Suffolk five years ago I found I had some spare time, so I started to write. I wrote a little novella Our story coming home, which being my first I tend to cringe lol. Then in 2018 I re-produce my late grandfather WW2 logbook, A Stoker Logs, HMS Whelp, The Forgotten British Pacific Fleet. my grandfather served as a stoker on HMS Whelp, alongside Prince Phillip as the ships second in command.

My latest novel is an 80k romance time-slip called Through the water, Darkly which I super proud of. In-between writing and running a household I work in the film industry doing hair, makeup and wardrobe.

Book Review

This book is sprinkled with romance, historical facts and an out of body experience.

The book commences in the 21st Century when Caroline retrieves a work-related accident, and she suddenly experiences an out of body experience living in the 17th Century. She finds love with Nicholas, Lord Trevilian and becomes Lady Trevilian and Mistress of Debden Manor.

Throughout the book, Caroline struggles with culture and equal rights as she knows how the world has evolved in the 21st century. Caroline manages to appear too forward with her use of the English language in the 17th century, this can get her into trouble at times. Her knowledge of 21st century medical issues can improve the lives of people back in the 17th century. Caroline develops some very touching friendships and in one specific friend shares her horticultural knowledge to empower her.

Caroline foresees the future and attempts to change the course of action for love but is unable to delay the inevitable.

This book was extremely obsessive reading, and I must admit that I cried at the end. I would thoroughly recommend this book.

Victoria’s Other Books

  1. The Forgotten British Pacific Fleet. A Stoker’s Log

Victoria’s Social Media and Random Things Tour

Blog No 171 – 2021 Reading List

My goal for 2021 was to read more than 40 books. If I could beat my previous years target of 66 books or more, I was going to be extremely happy. I achieved 43 books in total, therefore I superseded my target and averaged nearly one book a week, which wasn’t bad for last year.

Here is my reading list: –

  1. The Whitechapel Girl – Gilda O’Neil
  2. Quick Cooking – Mary Berry
  3. The Colliers Wife – Chrissy Walsh
  4. A Sisters Sorrow – Kitty Neal
  5. The Jam Factory Girls – Mary Wood
  6. The Abandoned Daughter – Mary Wood
  7. The Little Book of Colour- Karen Haller
  8. Joe Biden – Beatrice Gormley
  9. The Brave Daughters – Mary Wood
  10. The Wronged Daughter – Mary Wood
  11. An Orphan’s Journey – Dilly Court
  12. Secrets of the Jam Factory Girls – Mary Wood
  13. As Time Goes By The House – Anne Bennett
  14. Get Fit, Get Healthy, Get Happy – Mark Wright
  15. Another Mans Child – Anne Bennett
  16. Unnatural Causes – Dr Richard Shepherd
  17. Winter Wedding – Dilly Court
  18. Where’s There’s a Will – June Francis
  19. Girls in Tin Hats – Anne Murray
  20. A Girl From Woolworths – Elaine Everest
  21. Two Pence to Cross the Mersey – Helen Forrester
  22. The Case for Keto – Gary Taubes
  23. Suspects – Lesley Pearce
  24. Fortunes Daughter – Dilly Court
  25. A Promised Land – Barack Obama
  26. A Mother’s Secret – Kitty Neal
  27. The Patchwork Girls – Elaine Everest
  28. A Winter Love Song – Rita Bradshaw
  29. The Forgotten Daughter – Glynis Peters
  30. The Doctor Will See You Now – Dr Amir Khan
  31. Reluctant Heiress – Dilly Court
  32. It’s a Love Story – Martin Kemp & Shirley Kemp
  33. Rome is Where the Heart is – Tilly Tennant
  34. Over the Rainbow – Katie Flynn
  35. Keto in an Instant – Jen Fisch
  36. Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart
  37. Shamed – Linda Castillo
  38. The Stolen Baby – Diney Costeloe
  39. The Butler – Danielle Steel
  40. A Sinple Wish – Rosie Goodwin
  41. Meet Me in London – Georgia Toffola
  42. The Red Cross Orphans – Glynis Peters
  43. The Asylum – Carol Minto

Here’s a reading Q&A

What is your favourite time of the day to read.

I tend to read when I go to bed, however I do listen to audiobooks during the day whilst I’m undertaking tasks.

How many hours do you read a day.

I can read or listen anything from 15mins to 2/3 hrs. It all depends what I’m doing or how tired I am.

What is my favourite genre.

Historical fiction is my favourite, however I’m trying other genres. I do like biographies, I feel it’s an education learning someone else’s struggles. It can make me appreciate my life and have empathy and compassion for other people. Even though I have cancer, I’m always saying there is someone out there suffering more than me so I’m lucky.

Which author did you first get obsessed with.

I would say it was Lyn Andrews then Katie Flynn

Who are you currently obsessed with.

Definitely Mary Wood and Dilly Court. To be fair my obsession is growing with many authors.

Can you read multiple books at one time.

Yes I can, nevertheless I think two is enough for me.

Which book/books was your favourite this year.

I did love “The Orphans Journey ” by Dilly Court, “Patchwork Girls ” by Elaine Everest and “The Jam Factory”’Series by Mary Wood.

Who was your favourite author this year.

I would say Mary Wood because her books are all so different and clearly well researched. Her imagination is incredible and it blows my mind how creative she is with her books.

Which new authors did you try this year

I would say Tilly Tennant and Georgia Toffola this year.

Which book touched you this year.

It has to “The Asylum” by Carol Minto. The true story was about the horrific abuse by her family and Aston Hall, the asylum.

How many books do you intend to read in 2022

I’m think about 40 again, let’s see what happens.

Blog No 167 – 2020 Reading List

My goal for 2020 was to read more than 46 books. If I could beat my previous target of 46 books or more, I was going to be happy. I achieved 66 books in total, therefore I superseded my target and averaged 1 book a week.

Here is my reading list: –

  1. Girls in Tin Hats – Annie Murray
  2. Villa of Secrets – Patricia Wilson
  3. Hold on Hope – Jean Fullerton
  4. Perhaps Tomorrow – Jean Fullerton
  5. Sisters of Gold – Annie Murray
  6. A Glimpse of Happiness – Jean Fullerton
  7. I Owe You One – Sophie Kinsella
  8. The Teashop Girls – Elaine Everest
  9. No Cure for Love – Jean Fullerton
  10. The Secret Midwife – Katy Weitz
  11. The Volunteer – Jack Fairweather
  12. Permanent Records – Edward Snowden
  13. The House Across The Street – Lesley Pearse
  14. Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas – Adam Kaye
  15. The Whitechapel Girl – Gilda O’Neil
  16. Christmas With The Teashop Girls – Elaine Everest
  17. Finding Freedom – Carolyn Durand, Omid Scobie
  18. Royal – Danielle Steel
  19. The Orphan Twins – Lesley Eames
  20. The Rag & Bone Girl – Maggie Ford
  21. Going Hime to Liverpool – Kate Eastham
  22. The Country Bride – Dilly Court
  23. Liverpool Daughter – Katie Flynn
  24. A Springtime Affair – Katie Fforde
  25. The Light in Hidden Places – Sharon Cameron
  26. Goodnight Sweetheart – Pam Weaver
  27. Memories are Made of This – June Francis
  28. Pack Up Your Troubles – Anne Bennet
  29. How to Make it Happen – Maria Hatzistefanis
  30. Official Secrets – Marcia Mitchell & Thomas Mitchell
  31. A Daughter Ruin – Kitty Neale
  32. A Village Scandal – Dilly Court
  33. Many a Tear Has to Fall – June Francis
  34. Mothering Sunday – Rosie Goodwin
  35. It’s Now or Never – June Francis
  36. Walking Back to Happiness – June Francis
  37. The Spitfire Sisters – Margaret Dickinson
  38. Love Letters in the Sand – June Francis
  39. Shadows of the Past – June Francis
  40. Her Father Name – Beezy March
  41. How to be British – Tim Benson
  42. The Jones Family Food Roster – Alison Jones
  43. The Man Who Didn’t Call – Rosie Walsh
  44. An Ophran Christmas – Katie Flynn
  45. Diagnosis – Lisa Sanders
  46. The Orphan Thief – Glynis Peters
  47. Mind Over Clutter – Nicola Lewis
  48. The Prison Doctor – Dr Amanda Brown
  49. An Orphans War – Molly Green
  50. A Strong Hand to Hold – Anne Bennett
  51. Time To Say Goodbye – Rosie Goodwin
  52. The Organised Writer – Anthony Johnston
  53. The Christmas Wedding – Dilly Court
  54. Rag and Bone Christmas – Dilly Court
  55. For Better or Worse – June Francis
  56. The Winters Promise – Rosie Goodwin
  57. The Orphans of Halfpenny St – Cathy Sharp
  58. A Daughter Duty – Maggie Hope
  59. Do The Birds Still Sing in Hell – Horace Greasley
  60. Dilly’s Sacrifice – Rosie Goodwin
  61. Dilly’s Lass – Rosie Goodwin
  62. Dilly’s Hope – Rosie Goodwin
  63. The Mill Girl – Rosie Goodwin
  64. Will You Take Me Home – Julie Tottman
  65. The Convent – Maria Hargreaves
  66. Home Front Girls – Rosie Goodwin

Here’s a reading Q&A

What is your favourite time of the day to read.

I tend to read when I go to bed. I can read everything from 10 pages to 100 in a night.

How many hours do you read a day.

I can read anything from 15mins to 2/3 hrs. It all depends how tired I am.

What is my favourite genre.

Historical fiction is my favourite, however I’m trying other genres.

Which author did you first get obsessed with.

I would say it was Lyn Andrews then Katie Flynn

Who are you currently obsessed with.

I would say Dilly Court and June Francis. To be fair my obsession is growing with many authors.

Can you read multiple books at one time.

Yes I can, nevertheless I think two is enough for me.

Which book/books was your favourite this year.

I did love “Rag n Bone Christmas” by Dilly Court. I also enjoyed “Will You Take Me Home” by Julie Tottman. This was a true story, which involved a Yorkie dog, therefore I brought the book for my goddaughter too as she’s a reader.

Who was your favourite author this year.

I would say June Francis because her characters in her books follow through her books, which I loved.

Which new authors did you try this year

I would say June Francis and Jean Fullerton were the most popular as I had read a few of their books.

Which book touched you this year.

It has to “The Convent” by Maria Hargreaves. The true story was about the horrific cruelty to children by a nun in a care home in Oldham, U.K.

How many books do you intend to read in 2021.

I’m not sure I’ll reach that target again but let’s see what happens.

Blog No 150 – 2019 Reading List

My goal for 2019 was to read more than 24 books. If I achieve 24 books or more, I was going to be happy. The target was to read 2 books a month and in some cases it was more. My reading last year took a real boost with a total of 46 books.

Here is my reading list: –

  1. The Tattooist – Heather Morris
  2. Christmas Rose – Dilly Court
  3. Always Smiling – Georgia Toffolo
  4. The Hiding Place – Trezza Azzopardi
  5. The Choice – Edith Eger
  6. Spitfire Girl – Lily Baxter
  7. Poppy’s War – Lily Baxter
  8. Wartime Girls – Anne Baker
  9. The Shopkeepers Daughter – Lily Baxter
  10. Whistledown Woman – Josephine Cox
  11. A Song for Bridget – Phyllis Whitsell
  12. The Empty Hearth – Kitty Neale
  13. After the war is over – Maureen Lee
  14. A Christmas in Disguise – Katie Fforde
  15. Into the Fire – Edric Kennedy-Macfoy
  16. The Barefoot Girl – Cathy Sharp
  17. The Little Orphan Girl – Sandy Taylor
  18. Liverpool Sisters – Lynn Andrews
  19. The Librarian – Dita Kraus
  20. Nettie Secret – Dilly Court
  21. Kitty and her Sisters – Maureen Lee
  22. I spy – Tom Marcus
  23. Under the Hawthorn Tree – Marita Conlon McKenna
  24. My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella
  25. In His Father Footsteps – Danielle Steel
  26. Come Rain or Shine – Pam Weaver
  27. Eminence – Morris West
  28. Brutal Honest – Melanie Brown
  29. Daughters of Courage – Margaret Dickinson
  30. Sing Them Home – Pam Weaver
  31. Christmas to Come – Carol Rivers
  32. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kaye
  33. The Butlin Girls – Elaine Everest
  34. Becoming – Michelle Obama
  35. The Orphans of Bell Lane – Ruthie Lane
  36. The Winter Orphan – Cathy Sharp
  37. Bicycles & Blackberries – Shelia Newberry
  38. A Family’s Heartbreak – Kitty Neale
  39. Light Out Till Dawn – Dee Williams
  40. The Collaborator – Diane Armstrong
  41. A Precious Gift – Rosie Goodwin
  42. The Secret Orphan – Glynis Peters
  43. Clika’s Journey – Heather Morris
  44. The Titanic Sisters – Patrica Falvey
  45. The Orphan Thief – Glynis Peters
  46. Twas the Nightshift Before – Adam Kay

Last year, I wanted to open up my mind to new authors. I had introduced approximately 23 new authors of various genres

The books I had read were so varied from The Tattooist to I Spy. Reading books expands the mind and triggers imagination.

Books make me happy and give me immense pleasure. My well being is surely improved by reading. My goal this year is to be 46 books.

Weekly Blog No 113 – 2017 Reading List

Last year I attempted to read 24 books again but to my disappointment I have failed. As previously mentioned, my reading was at a slower pace last year. Despite the slower pace I did reach some reading goals by attempting to read some new authors.

Here’s my reading list for 2017.

  1. A Little Leaving – Anne Bennett
  2. Pie n Mash & Prefabs – Norman Jacobs
  3. Solider Spy – Tom Marcus
  4. A Street Car Named Bob – James Bowen
  5. The Mistletoe Seller – Dilly Court
  6. The Christmas Card – Dilly Court
  7. Forget Me Not Child – Anne Bennett
  8. Eve of the Isles – Carol Rivers
  9. The Button Box – Dilly Court
  10. When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
  11. Queen of the Mersey – Maureen Lee
  12. Lizzie of Langley St – Carol Rivers
  13. The Fight for Lizzie Flowers – Carol Rivers
  14. Don’t Ever Tell – Kathy O’Beirne
  15. Christmas to Come – Carol Rivers
  16. Fighting To The End – Jade Goody
  17. The Girl From Seaforth Sands – Katie Flynn
  18. Gypsy Boy – Mikes Walsh

Until I wrote the above list, I hadn’t realised how much I had read last year. You can see who my favourite authors are. I did try some alternative authors last year but I keep going back to my favourites. Let’s see what happens this year.